The Los Angeles Lakers are not convinced that Nick Young has moved on from the scandal that involved teammate D’Angelo Russell. Rumors are swirling that the Lakers could either trade or buy him out for this season.
Young stated that he has mended his relationship with Russell after his breakup with rapper Iggy Azalea. Settling his differences with Russell was the right decision for him, but the Lakers are still trying to ship him out of Tinsel town. If they could not find the right trade partner for Young, there is always the option of buying him out.
For the Lakers, Young’s numbers and behavior last season were not good indications for the team to stick with him. Now that they are rebuilding the team, the Lakers do not see Young included in the group. Mending his difference with Russell does not guarantee that he would be included on the roster at the start of the season.
“[The Lakers] have been trying to trade [Young] for a while,” Ding said in a Bleacher Report Video (via Thai Luong of Lakers Outsiders). “They are still trying to trade him. They are willing to even buy him out if necessary to move on.”
Young still has two more years in his contract with the 2016-2017 season base salary of $5.44 million with a dead cap at $11.11 million. If the Lakers would buy him out it does not really affect their space for next year with the cap reportedly to increase above $100 million.
With the rebuilding of the Lakers for this season, many do not see Young fitting in the system anymore. He would be the fourth man in the small forward rotation that has Luol Deng, Brandon Ingram, and Anthony Brown. Young has to face the fact that he needs to bring his “swag” elsewhere.
The Lakers sees the effort of Young to settle his difference with Russell as the right thing to do, but nonetheless, they are still keen on moving on without him. It may be tough for Young, but who knows, he might be able to relive his potentials with other teams.
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